Posts Tagged ‘Save the Children’

Why is Tony Blair Not In Gaol?

January 16, 2015

Why is Tony Blair not in gaol? A question many people would like to see answers to.

Apparently Tony Blair cannot understand Russell Brand.

What cannot he understand? That he is pushing for democracy? That he does not have a desire to hang out with people like Blair?

A dictator with an image problem, then Tony Blair is your man. For a fee, a very hefty fee, he will help you explain away, or if not explain away, make light of, any atrocities, torture, mass killings. Clients include brutal regimes in Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Egypt.

Tony Blair was recently named Philanthropist of the Year by GQ magazine. And they say cartoons in Charlie Hebdo are offensive.

And more recently a humanitarian award by Save the Children.

ISIS is a direct result of the destruction of Iraq by Tony Blair and fellow war criminal George W Bush.

Having destroyed Iraq, destabilised the Middle east, Blair is only too happy to adopt the role of war profiteer.

The Blair Iraq Dossier has still not been published. Now we are told not until after the May 2015 General Election.

Blair crony organised Save the Children humanitarian award

November 28, 2014
Tony Blair Save the Children

Tony Blair Save the Children

SCUS [Save the Children US] simply did not anticipate anything sensitive – in the USA Tony Blair is widely seen very positively for his contribution to international aid. — Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive Save the Children

The scandal involving a humanitarian award to Tony Blair by Save the Children at a tacky celeb infested glitzy award ceremony in New York shows no sigh of abating, if anything it is growing.

Talking to Save the Children staff today, they are incensed at this award to Tony Blair, they regard it as obscene.

Over 500 Save the Children staff have now signed an internal petition calling the award to Blair “morally reprehensible” and demanding it to be rescinded.

An internal team has been formed to try and contain the situation. Yet more waste of money by Save the Children.

A letter sent to employees from the charity’s chief executive, Jasmine Whitbread, says the episode has “touched a nerve close to our sense of identity”, and adds: “We are all frustrated and disappointed at the situation we are in.” She says there should have been better risk assessment.

In other words they still do not get it. They see it as a PR disaster that must be contained, nothing more.

Jasmine Whitbread also admits what many had already suspected it was Blair crony Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children UK, who was responsible for Tony Blair being recipient of a humanitarian award. She also claims she did not know what was going on, until the shit hit the fan.

Over 115,000 people have now signed a petition calling on Save the Children to strip Tony Blair of this undeserved humanitarian award.

The Blair cronies whose hands are dirty, should be fired.

What the award has done, is shone a light on the murky incestuous relationship between Save the Children and Tony Blair, and the revolving door for Blair’s cronies.

Matthew Doyle, wheeled out to defend Tony Blair in a BBC interview, started working with Tony Blair in 2005 when he was appointed as his special comms adviser at Number 10. He was previously press aide to the then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions David Blunkett, and before that he worked at the Labour Party as head of press and broadcasting for the 2005 general election. He then, as did many other Blair aids, went to work for the Office of Tony Blair. In other words like too many of our Members of Parliament, a party apparatchik who has never done an honest day’s work in his life.

Then we look at those associated with Save the Children.

Sir Alan Parker, the chairman of Save the Children UK and PR company Brunswick, a Blair crony. Blair was among the guests at Parker’s wedding in 2008.

Jonathan Powell, Blair’s former chief of staff, is currently on the board of Save the Children.

Save the Children UK chief executive, Justin Forsyth, was a special adviser to Blair for three years. Save the Children was attacked last year when it was learnt Justin Forsyth was paid £163,000 a year, including more than £22,000 in performance-related pay. He has since taken a pay cut to £140,000.

Former aid defends Save the Children humanitarian award to Tony Blair

November 26, 2014

If you can stomach listening to it, an interview with a former aid to Tony Blair defending a humanitarian award by Save the Children to Tony Blair.

BBC must have really scraped the bottom of the barrel to find anyone to defend Tony Blair as the recipient of this award.

Granting of the award has been slammed in a letter signed by nearly 200 of the people who work for Save the Children.

Over 100,000 people have now signed a petition calling on Save the Children to strip Tony Blair of this undeserved humanitarian award.

We are told Tony Blair has his people on the ground in in West Africa dealing with Ebola. What are they doing, trying to sign up another lucrative contract for the Blair money making machine?

Aid to African a success?

Aid to Africa, is being used as cover for a massive corporate land grab, countries like Ghana told to pass Monsanto Law where farmers are to be criminalised for saving seed, face fine and prison, told they have to buy corporate seeds from the likes of Monsanto.

Western interference in Africa, is a neo-liberal agenda, privatise health care and education, use your land for cash crops, then when a disease like Ebola strikes, we see a health care system unable to cope, bodies left in the street.

Debate not about Iraq?

It has everything to do with Iraq, a man responsible for the death of tens of thousand of innocent children, should not be given an humanitarian award by Save the Children.

Once again, we see the revolving door at work.

Former political director and close aid to Tony Blair, Matthew Doyle wheeled out to defend Tony Blair.

Matthew Doyle started working with Tony Blair in 2005 when he was appointed as his special comms adviser at Number 10. He was previously press aide to the then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions David Blunkett, and before that he worked at the Labour Party as head of press and broadcasting for the 2005 general election. He then, as did many other Blair aids, went to work for the Office of Tony Blair. In other words like too many of our Members of Parliament, a party apparatchik who has never done an honest day’s work in his life.

Then we look at those associated with Save the Children.

Jonathan Powell, Blair’s former chief of staff, is currently on the board of Save the Children.

Save the Children UK chief executive, Justin Forsyth, was a special adviser to Blair for three years. Save the Children was attacked last year when it was learnt Justin Forsyth was paid £163,000 a year, including more than £22,000 in performance-related pay. He has since taken a pay cut to £140,000.

So what do Save the Children get out of it?

The big increase in UK aid budget, when it is not going to fund coal-fired power stations in China, or sponsor corporate land grabs in Africa, is channelled through Big Business charities like Save the Children.

Save the Children slammed over humanitarian award to Tony Blair

November 25, 2014
war criminal for hire for any brutal dictator who has blood on their hands

war criminal for hire for any brutal dictator who has blood on their hands

Did they really think they would get away with it, did Save the Children really think they would get away with a tacky glitzy New York award ceremony to honour Tony Blair for his humanitarian work?

This is a man who has the blood of children on his hands, who profiteers from bloody conflict in the Middle East, who advises brutal murderous dictators, Al Sisi in Egypt, Nursultan Nazarbeyev in Kazakhstan. He also has lucrative consultancy contracts with Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Colombia. And JPMorgan.

Earlier this month, it emerged that Blair had signed a multimillion pound contract with a Saudi Arabian oil company in 2010 to broker secret deals on the firm’s behalf with Chinese state officials. The revelation raises serious questions over his role as Middle East envoy, and his personal vested interests in the region.

Earlier this year, Tony Blair managed to successfully quash a Serious Fraud Office investigation into alleged corruption regarding an arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

There is growing public outrage demanding that Tony Blair be stripped of this award. And that he be indicted as a war criminal. Former ambassadors have demanded he be stripped of his role as Middle East envoy.

There is a petition demanding Tony Blair be stripped of the award. As I write, it is approaching 100,000 signatures. Please sign and spread the word.

Amid widespread criticism on social media, many of the charity’s staff have complained that the presentation of the award has discredited Save the Children. An internal letter, which gathered almost 200 signatures – including senior regional staff – in the first six hours of dissemination, said the award was not only “morally reprehensible, but also endangers our credibility globally”, and called for it to be withdrawn.

It said that staff wished to distance themselves from the award and demanded a review of the charity’s decision-making process.

We consider this award inappropriate and a betrayal to Save the Children’s founding principles and values. Management staff in the region were not communicated with nor consulted about the award and were caught by surprise with this decision.

The award has also raised questions about Save the Children’s integrity and independence because of close links between Tony Blair and senior people at Save the Children.

Its UK chief executive, Justin Forsyth, was a special adviser to Blair for three years, and Jonathan Powell, Blair’s former chief of staff, is currently on the board of Save the Children.

Save the Children was attacked last year when it was learnt Justin Forsyth was paid £163,000 a year, including more than £22,000 in performance-related pay. He has since taken a pay cut to £140,000.

It is the same old story, advisers and politicians, leave politics, nice little earners on the board of quangos and NGOs, the political-media establishment, revolving door, jobs for the boys, you look after my interest, I will look after yours.

Why the deafening media-political silence on this scandal? Because they are all part of the same club, awaiting their turn to get their snouts in the trough, to get onto the merry-go-round, an advisor here, on the board there, a stint in broadcasting.

I will not touch Save the Children with a bargepole.

Whoever bears responsibility at Save the Children should be forced to resign.

Save the Children honour Tony Blair for his ‘humanitarian work’

November 20, 2014

This is sickening, (alleged) war criminal and profiteer Tony Blair honoured by Save the Children.

They not only gave him this award, but it was at a glitzy stomach churning charity event.

I am lost for words, offensive, disgusting, appalling, sickening ….

This is a man who hobnobs with some of the world’s worst dictators and corrupt politicians, sleaze does not begin to describe Tony Blair, Silvio Berlusconi and Hosni Mubarak count as his cronies.

His latest has been to advise brutal ruler of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev how to sanitize human rights abuses and killing of unarmed protesters, for a retainer of £7 million a year.

The revolving door, the political-media-charity establishment. Chief executive of Save the Children (UK) is Justin Forsyth, who was an adviser to both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He was appointed in 2010 on a salary of £160,000.

Save the Children done themselves a huge amount of damage with this glitzy charity bash.

I will be telling a local Save the Children charity shop exactly what I think of them, and I urge others to do the same.

Paulo Coelho and his wife Christina help support an orphanage in Rio to support the kids from the favelas. I do not see them being honoured by Save the Children. Nor the many unsung heroes who work in the field, nor the volunteers who man their charity shops.

Save the Children has lost all credibility with this award.

In Revolution, Russell Brand tells of going to a glitzy Hollywood charity bash, and being told it was mandatory for the success of his career.

The latest Band Aid circus regurgitation, a line up of a bunch of tax dodgers. Adele refused to take part. That it was reelased on tacky X Factor, says it all.

A group of African musicians have recorded Africa Stop Ebola to raise money. Was you aware of that?

If you really want to help, make a donation to MSF.

In This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein documents the abuses by Big Business green groups, including oil drilling on a nature reserve.

This is why I do not support Big Business charities and green groups.

If we want real change, assuming you are not happy with money being transferred from the poor the the rich, the trashing of the planet, then effect real change.


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